I Beg You

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, ‘Send us to the pigs; let us enter them. So he gave them permission.’”    Mark 5:11-13 People regularly begged Jesus for help. The Gospel stories reveal one desperate person after another imploring the Lord to assist them […]

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Front Row

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”  (I Peter 3:4) At funerals no one clamors for the front row. For concerts and Broadway shows the best seats in the house are difficult to come […]

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High Calling

“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (I Peter 1:15) Certain criteria appear to be altogether unattainable. This charge, perhaps more than any other, stands at the top of such a list: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Why would our Heavenly Father be […]

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Limitless

“May you [mothers] be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:11-12) They are hardly perfect, these mothers that we elevate, applaud, snuggle up to for […]

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Hide and Seek

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4) Children delighted Jesus. He […]

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Common Place

“And he said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.’” Mark 4:26 The Lord speaks our simple language. Being the perfect Teacher, he reveals his truths in ordinary terms and translates his divine point of view in pictures we can follow. Naturally, his ways are much higher […]

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Leaves Behind

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17) It was hardly surprising how deeply our family felt the loss of the enormous tree they felled this week in our front yard. Months ago […]

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Breaks Through

“Look at him…a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Luke 7:34) Our friend is extremely ill. No, it’s much worse than that. Our wonderful friend is dying. We hear the news and agonize at the thought of not seeing his face again. Time with him always made us better. His stories made us laugh out […]

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Well Shaped

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory at the revelation of Jesus […]

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Clods and Dust

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:7-­8) Pebbles of wisdom matched against boulders of truth; a spattering of know-­ how confronting limitless understanding; little droplets […]

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